Picture Book: Welcoming Immigrants in America

BUNNY ROMERO'S WHITE HOUSE ADVENTURE: THE WHOLE MEGILLAH!

COMING SEPTEMBER 20, 2018!


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When new immigrant Bunny Romero learns that her second-grade class will be visiting the White House, she jumps for joy. Now she is sure that her dream will come true: to eat her favorite cookies—her Mexican nana’s hamantashen—right there in the White House kitchen, which will help her to feel more at home in her new country. But what happens when Bunny discovers that the kitchen is not part of the tour? Find out in this delightful rhyming tale, lightly sprinkled with Spanish, Yiddish, and Hebrew, about a day that Bunny—and everyone else at the White House (including one fun-loving turkey)—will never forget!


More fun inside! An illustrated Spanish, Yiddish, and Hebrew glossary • A dream diary • A bissel of history that includes Abraham Lincoln, Emma Lazarus, the Statue of Liberty—and Bunny Romero! • A hamantashen recipe


Note: Take a look at the teacher on the cover. Yes, that's Grandma Goldie from Paris Hop! and Rome Romp! When she's not traveling with her grandchildren during summer vacations, she's teaching second grade: her students call her Ms. Maven!


Price: $12.95 Paperback | $6.99 Kindle

58 pages
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
ISBN-13: 978-0-9994463-2-4
BISAC Category: Juvenile Fiction/Humor

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

"A spirit of fun pervades the text and the pictures. . . . celebration is the dominant mood in this book. Funny [and] warm . . ." 

[Read the entire review at Kirkus Reviews.]

Readers' Favorite

"[A] marvelous way to share American history with young readers from the vantage point of a new citizen, Bunny. I loved seeing how Blumberg stresses the contributions immigrants have made at all stages in the history of this country and smiled when I saw Renée Andriani’s gorgeous illustrations of a White House filled with people of all nationalities. And Blumberg’s president had me standing up and cheering. . . . [M]ost highly recommended." —Jack Magnus

Learn How to Make Hamantashen!

And visit MyJewishLearning.com to try out more fun recipes!

Fun Facts About the White House

  

Square Feet! 

The White House has 55,000 square feet of space and is situated on 18 acres of fenced-in land.

The building is 168 feet long and 85.5 feet deep not counting the two porticoes. 

(A portico is a porch or a covered entrance to a building supported by columns.) 

Counting the porticoes, the White House is 152 feet deep. It is about 70 feet high on the south side and 60 feet high on the north side.


Wet paint! 

To cover the exterior (excluding the West and East Wings), 300 gallons of white paint are needed. Here’s how the mansion became white and how it came to be called the White House:


"The building was first made white with lime-based whitewash in 1798, when its walls were finished, simply as a means of protecting the porous stone from freezing. . . . Meant to wear off for the most part, leaving cracks and crevices filled, the whitewash was never allowed to weather, but was refreshed periodically until the structure at last was painted with white lead paint in 1818. By that time it had for more than a decade been known as ‘The White House.’ The name, though in common use, remained a nickname until October 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt made it official." —The White House Historical Association


Lotsa Numbers!

412 doors • 147 windows • 132 rooms (including one main kitchen and one family kitchen) • 35 bathrooms • 28 fireplaces • eight staircases • six stories • five full-time chefs • three elevators • one tennis court (President Obama added removable basketball hoops) • one bowling alley (one lane) • one movie theater • one jogging track • one swimming pool • one putting green


Pet Sounds! 

Ruff! Meow! Quack! Tweet! Pets that have called the White House home include dogs, cats, ducks, birds, cows, sheep, ponies, mice, elephants, bears, tigers, goats, snakes, chickens, rabbits, fish, roosters, zebras, and raccoons.

Spot These People in the Book (Framed and on Pedestals)

Benjamin Franklin (Green Room Portrait)

January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790: 

A founder of the United States • Signed the Declaration of Independence (representing Pennsylvania) • Author, printer, politician, diplomat, postmaster, scientist, inventor, and humorist • Born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony

President Thomas Jefferson (Green Room Illustration and Blue Room Portrait on Right)

April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826:

A founder of the United States • Third president of the United States (1801 – 1809) • Second vice president of the United States (1797–1801) • Principal author and signer of the Declaration of Independence (representing Virginia) • Lawyer, architect, diplomat, inventor • Born in Shadwell, Colony of Virginia

President James Madison (Blue Room, Portrait on Left)

March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836:
A founder of the United States and a statesman • Fourth president of the United States (1809 – 1817) • "Father of the Constitution" • Born in Port Conway, Colony of Virginia

President Martin Van Buren (Blue Room Illustration, Right Facing Page)

December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862:

A founder of the Democratic Party and an abolitionist • Eighth president of the United States (1837 – 1841) • First president to be a citizen of the United States (born six years after the Declaration of Independence was signed) • Born in Kinderhook, New York

First Lady Sarah Angela Singleton Van Buren (Red Room: Portrait)

February 13, 1818 – December 29, 1877:

Daughter-in-law of the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren • Wife of Abraham Van Buren • Served as First Lady (the youngest to serve in that capacity) because the president was a widower • Born in South Carolina

President James Knox Polk (Red Room Illustration, Right Facing Page)

November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849:

11th president of the United States (1845 – 1849) • 13th Speaker of the House of Representatives • Governor of Tennessee, whose flag colors are red and blue • Born in Pineville, North Carolina


Notion: Perhaps the colors of Tennessee’s flag—red and blue—were what inspired the president and his wife, Sarah, to choose crimson for one of the reception rooms—the Red Room!

First Lady Sarah Childress Polk (Red Room Illustration, Right Facing Page)

  

September 4, 1803 – August 14, 1891:

Wife of James Polk, the 11th president of the United States • Politically savvy and cultured • Hosted the first annual Thanksgiving dinner at the White House • Retired to Polk Place in Nashville, Tennessee • Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

President Abraham Lincoln (State Dining Room Portrait & "Dream Diary" Illustration)

  

February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865:

American statesman and lawyer • 16th president of the United States (from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865, 42 days after his second inauguration) • As president during the Civil War, he preserved the Union • Most quoted speech: the Gettysburg Address (delivered on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery) • Born at Sinking Spring Farm, near Hodgenville, Kentucky

 

The Gettysburg Address begins: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 

President William Howard Taft (Blue Room: "Searching for Bunny" Scene)


September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930:

27th President of the United States (1909 – 1913) • 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921 – 1930) • Lawyer, judge, Secretary of War • Buried at Arlington National Cemetery • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio 

President George Washington ("They're Searching for You" Scene)

  

February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799: 

A founder of the United States • Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War • First president of the United States (1789 – 1797) • American statesman and soldier • Presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution • Born in Bridges Creek, Colony of Virginia 

Emma Lazarus: Poet, HIAS Volunteer ("A Bissel of History" Page)

  

July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887:

Emma's Portuguese ancestors were among America's first Jewish settlers •  Volunteered with HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) • Assisted Jewish refugees from Russia when they arrived in the United States • Wrote the poem "The New Colossus" to raise money for the construction of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal

The Moment Bunny Romero Was Born

It all began on Sunday, September 10, 1995 . . .

"You Gotta Have a Dream!" by Margie Blumberg, author of Bunny Romero's White House Adventure: The Whole Megillah!*

(Photo by Jim Catler)


Once upon a time, I had a dream. It wasn't a very important dream for the country or the world like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream, but for some reason, it was special to me. I can't explain why, but my wish was to eat my favorite food—a tuna fish sandwich—in the kitchen of the White House. When the moment arrived during a wonderful private tour with White House chef Walter Scheib, I was ready! I unfolded the foil, pulled out a 1-inch-square sandwich, and quickly gobbled it up. (Somehow I just knew I was not going to be able to sit down in the kitchen for a leisurely lunch with the First Family, who were, by the way, about to eat their own lunch on the Truman Balcony.)


When I returned home, I immediately began working on a story about a girl whose dream it was to eat her favorite food in the White House kitchen. And that is how Bunny Romero was born.  

That night, another of my dreams came true: I got to see Lionel Hampton perform during "Great Vibes: A Salute to Lionel Hampton." 


So on that day, two dreams came true. 


Some days are like that. :)


*The title of this article is from the song "Happy Talk," which is from the play (musical) and the movie South Pacific—by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Joshua Logan—which were based upon the book by James A. Michener, Tales of the South Pacific.